Prince Bishops Community Primary School successfully met the criteria for the foundation level of the British Council International School Award.
Here at Prince Bishops Primary School, we are keen to embed international activities across the whole school and throughout the curriculum. We aim to provide our children with new experiences and ways of living that are different to their own, in order to support them in further developing their understanding, respect and empathy for the practices of other cultures within the UK and across the world.
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Explore ways in which we have been embedding international activity into our school life…
Stories Without Words
Our Year One pupils watched a short film about children around the world, who were unable to access school for a variety of reasons. It affected the class quite deeply and they were particularly surprised to discover that some families around the world cannot afford to send their children to school. This prompted a simple discussion about the Global Goals for Sustainable Development and every child's right to be able to access quality education by the year 2030. They planned a story together and chose pictures to represent each part. We then sent the story to our partner schools in Zimbabwe, in order for them to add words to our pictures.
Connecting Classrooms Partnership
This week, we have been honoured to host the headteachers from our partner schools in Gweru, Zimbabwe, alongside one of their inspectors for education. They were delighted to recognise some of their own children's work on our displays and to see how much Prince Bishops children have enjoyed completing the joint tasks with them. Our children were thrilled when they visited our classes to see how we learn. Our special visitors commented on how impressed they were by both the learning and the behaviour of our pupils.
Eurovision Song Contest
To celebrate the European Day of Languages this year, every class was set the challenge of learning a song in a different language, which they would then perform in "The Prince Bishops Eurovision Song Contest." We were fortunate enough for this to coincide with the visit from our partner teachers in Zimbabwe, who agreed to be our judges for the event. They were overwhelmed by the talents of all of our pupils but they voted for the lucky winners to be Year One, who claimed the trophy with glee!
Everyone Has a Story to Tell (National Writing Day)
After the success of our “Extreme Reading” project with the schools in Zimbabwe, we were keen to take on our next joint challenge! In celebration of National Writing Day, each class at Prince Bishops was set the task of writing their very own stories – no rules and no restrictions. The sky was the limit! We selected our favourite story from each class and sent them to our partner schools in Zimbabwe for them to enjoy.
We were delighted when our partner schools in Zimbabwe replied with their own stories...
Extreme Reading (World Book Day)
We are thrilled to have become part of a cluster of 5 County Durham schools that have teamed up with 5 schools in Zimbabwe for a Connecting Classrooms project. As part of World Book Day, our first task was to share photos between the schools, of our children and staff taking part in some “Extreme Reading.” The children and staff of Lundi Park Primary School in Zimbabwe were kind enough to judge our photos and choose their favourite, with our winner receiving a book token.
Our children at Prince Bishops were then overjoyed to discover that the Zimbabwean schools had sent us their photos to enjoy too.
Tourist Places in the UK
We were both honoured and delighted to receive a message from Temar Government Primary School in Bangladesh, asking us to be their partner school. We set to work straight away on a joint project, sharing information about tourist areas in our home countries. Our Year 3 children produced some wonderful information leaflets about tourist areas in the UK, to share with the children from Temar Government Primary School. We then received some wonderful photos back from them.
European Day of Languages
During a whole school assembly to launch the day, children learnt about why it is important to celebrate the diversity of languages in Europe – and indeed, around the world. To illustrate how easy and fun it can be to discover another language, they quickly learnt to sing their favourite song – “Baby Shark”- in Bahasa Indonesian in under 10 minutes!
The KS2 classes then went back to their classrooms to learn greetings, songs and games in a language from a European country, before teaching these new language skills to the children in KS1. The children (and teachers!) immersed themselves in their new language and a great day was had by all.
The World Cup
To celebrate the Football World Cup, each class was allocated a nation to support and the class with the most successful team was promised a World Cup party at the end of the competition. However, in order to earn the party, each class was given a week to find out as much as they could about their chosen nation, before presenting their findings to the rest of the school.
The World Cup Week ended with a whole school assembly, where each class taught the rest of the school some interesting facts about their chosen nation.
Chinese New Year
We began Chinese New Year with a whole school assembly to launch the significance of the celebration. Our Reception children - who had been learning about Chinese New Year already - performed a dragon dance for the rest of the school. From this the children were presented with a range of objects and discussed how they may link to the Chinese festival. We then moved onto Chinese greetings which children were eager to learn.
With the children engrossed in the celebration, they visited each different teacher with the rest of their cohort throughout the day. During each session, they were delivered activities which were designed to teach them about: the history of the festival; the associated customs and traditions; the beliefs of the Chinese people; dance; art; and food.
Children were able to use their learning to take part in their own celebration of Chinese New Year, once back with their class teacher in their own classrooms. Our children have been fascinated by Chinese New Year customs and traditions and they were keen to celebrate!
Dia de los Muertos
Our KS2 children investigated the Mexican festival – Dia de los Muertos. In some classes the topic was linked to their Literacy topic where they completed diary entries and fictional narratives of the festival. In other classes, Art and DT were chosen to create brightly coloured sugar skulls and papel picado (a traditional paper cutting). During this celebration, children were encouraged to use Spanish vocabulary with the Year 3 class continuing this language throughout the year. Children were enthralled by the celebration and produced some fabulous work linked to the topic.
European Day of Languages
We started the academic year by combining the launch of our school house teams with the European Day of Languages.
KS2 looked at a vast collection of European flags, exploring the meaning of each. They investigated what the different colours, symbols, words and shapes meant on each and how this linked to the European nation that the flag represented. Children then worked in house teams to use these ideas and design a flag to represent the motto and principles of their own, respective house teams.
At the end of the day, our school came together in an assembly where we shared our flags and the meaning behind them. We spoke about how the countries’ flags we had explored had influenced our decision.